Sunday, October 30, 2011

#70 - This Haunted House

Song - This Haunted House
Artist - Loretta Lynn

I was looking for a good Halloween and all I found was this incredibly sad Loretta Lynn song. Think it's about time I did coal miners daughter!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

#69 - The Monster Mash

Song - The Monster Mash
Artist - Bobby Pickett

Assistance from Felix and Aumie this week, guess who is who!

#68 - I will Survive

Song - I Will Survive
Artist - Gloria Gaynor

If you have listened to the cake version of this song as many times as I have, it becomes hard to sing the original correctly!

Friday, October 28, 2011

#67 - Stay

Song - Stay
Artist - Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs

Another song with Shauna!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

#65 - Out the Window

Song - Out the Window
Artist - The Violent Femmes

Today's song features Elisa! Elisa and I grew up together and even had an awesome band called Thoughts From Your Feet. We're thinking about getting the whole band back together once Emma get's her ukulele too.

Our set up for the camera was pretty janky, so this is what happened the first time we tried to record...

Monday, October 24, 2011

#64 - The Ballad

Song - The Ballad
Artist - Millencolin

Oh high school, how this song reminds me of you! Not because my life was sad and horrible or anything, but because we used this song in a class about bullying. I think I also used it in an English class as an example of a ballad. So this song has a lot of functions I guess.

Also it should be noted that if you miss spell "ballad" on the iphone it will change it to "balls".

Sunday, October 23, 2011

#63 - This Place is a Prison

Song - This Place is a Prison
Artist - The Postal Service

Has enough time passed since my last Postal Service song that I can do another? I sure hope so, cause their songs lend themselves extremely well to the ukulele for some reason!

I love this song. I listened to this album all the time when I lived in Eugene and 19 and I still love it to this day. This song often comes to mind when I am at a party and it seems like people are having fun for the show of having fun. I think people can often convince themselves that partying and being seen (or scene) is fulfilling and enough. At some point it becomes empty.

Deep thoughts by Hanna.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

#62 - The Shoop Song

Song - The Shoop Song
Artist - Aretha Franklin

Another song featuring Shauna, I think she will need to start making a weekly habit of this!

Check out Shauna's head tilt every time she says "that's where it is"

Friday, October 21, 2011

#61 - The Trooper

Song - The Trooper (kinda)
Artist - Iron Oinkers

Today, I present: A pig playing Iron Maiden.
That is all.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

#60 - Like A Prayer

Song - Like a Prayer
Artist - Madonna

My hair is done! My friend Sean did an amazing job combing out the remainder of the dreads, cutting and coloring it. I'm so happy to have the dreads out!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

#59 - The Worms Crawl In

Song - The Worms Crawl In
Artist - I think this song counts as traditional at this point

Terrible job on my part tonight! My hair is so close done, I just want these last five out! I promise a better song tomorrow, maybe even a group ensemble!

#58 - Kiss the Girl

Song - Kiss the Girl
Artist - Alan Menken

You thought the Disney songs were over? You thought wrong!

Monday, October 17, 2011

#57 - What's Going On

Song - What's Going On
Artist - 4 Non Blonds

Try to sing this song without laughing, I dare you. It can't be done! Also, there are a lot more words to this song than I anticipated, sorry for the mistakes.
About half way done with my hair! I'll post pics when it's pretty!

#56 - Look What You've Done

Song - Look What You've Done
Artist - Jet

This song reminds me of when I first moved to Portland. It was on the radio all the time and they would play the music video about 100 times in the morning before I would go to work.

Sorry about my hair, I'm in the process of taking out the dreads.....ugh.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

#55 - Part of Your World

Song - Part of Your World
Artist - Alan Menken

More Disney foolishness! Shauna and I did a bunch of these, so I will continue posting them when I run out. More theme weeks to come!

#54 - Just Can't Wait to be King

Song - Just Can't Wait to be King
Artist - Tim Rice and Elton John

Shauna and I geeked out hard on some Disney songs tonight. It was super fun, more to come!
And yes, I did choreograph a dance with cousin to this song, no you cannot see it....ever.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

#53 - Jar of Hearts

Song - Jar of Hearts
Artist - Christina Perri

This song is a little out of my range and not normally my style but I love it. Total chick ballad and I don't care, it was super fun. I think I get a little creepy at the end though!

I really love this music video for the dancing though, these dancers are amazing! I also really want my hair to look like hers when the dreads come out.

#52 - Honkytonk Prison

Artist - Honkytonk Prison

I won't lie, I totally forgot to post this last night and I didn't do my own video. It was for a good reason though! We went to Uketoberfest instead, which was a blast! A bunch of ukulele cover bands? Heck yeah!

Honkytonk Prison was excellent and as it turned out I knew a few people in the band! It was really inspiring to see what other people in the Portland were doing with ukuleles!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

#51 - You Are My Sunshine

Song - You Are My Sunshine
Artist - Traditional

Here's a recommendation from my mom 'cause it was my first song (only sunshine was pronounced chunchine I guess)! This song is a real bummer if you sing more than just the second verse!

Monday, October 10, 2011

#50 - teardrop

Song - Teardrop
Artist - Massive Attack

50 videos! That's not too bad, right?

I love House. It's one of the few shows I have watched all the way from the beginning and probably the only drama that I follow. It's so predictable, but I completely love it. Mondays have been House night with our neighbors for several years now. I will probably cry when the show ends.

I also have the hots for Hugh Laurie, is that bad?

Sunday, October 9, 2011

#49 - Trouble

Song - Trouble
Artist - Nevershoutnever

Thank you so much to my cousin Lauren for suggesting this song! This is probably a band I never would have listened to, but I really enjoyed this song. It's funny how music evolves. After listening to this song I watched a few more videos by this band I couldn't help but hear how much of the music I listened to in high school was in there. It sounded a lot like Saves the Day but for the "kids these days".
All in all, this song was fun, but made me feel really old!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

#48 - Aumie's song

Song - The Aumie song
Artist - Aumie

Aumie wrote me a song today, and it was beautiful!

Friday, October 7, 2011

#47 - I Touch Myself

Song - I Touch Myself
Artist - Divinyls

Today features the vocal styling of Emily (also known as Lark). It was a blast to do a song with someone new, though difficult to keep the giggling to a minimum. Sorry about the camera angle and also that I look super dumpy, just got off work!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

#46 - Marvelous Toy

Song - Marvelous Toy
Artist - Tom Paxton

This is a song for my dad on his birthday! I remember him singing this song to us as kids, but I don't remember it being this hard to play! Sorry for the flubs on the chords, this was like the 4th time I recorded it!

Happy birthday pop! I love you!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

#45 - Annalee

Song - Annalee
Artist - Nerf Herder

While this isn't my favorite Nerf Herder song, it was one of the few that had chords I could find. Tabs make me crazy now that I play the ukulele, they do me no good!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

#44 - Major Tom (Coming Home)

Song - Major Tom (Coming Home)
Artist - Peter Schilling

Busted! This is pre-recorded, you can tell because I'm not in a hoodie or sweater.
Is it really confusing to anyone else that there are 2 really epic songs called Major Tom? Apparently the first version of this was recorded in German, so maybe that makes it ok?

Monday, October 3, 2011

#43 - Manic Monday

Song - Manic Monday
Artist - The Bangles

What an appropriate song for today! It was Monday and I was also quite manic! I am nearing the end of my education at Portland State University, so a lot of my classes involve instructors telling us how to set ourselves apart of professional individuals. It hit me like a ton of bricks that I look weird. Not in the "meh, my nose is funny and my butt isn't small way" just that I accept that with or without my tattoos, stretched ears and dreads I'm just kind of a funny looking gal. I like myself that way! When I am at my internship I cover all of my tattoos, dress as conservatively as I am able and wear small things in my ears. But my dreads, oh my dreads, I feel that they are the one thing that is going to push my "look" a little too far for people. In the middle of class I started to panic that my dreads were going to hold me back from getting the job of my dreams. So I'm left with the decision to take them out or leave them in, wondering if they are holding me back all the time. This is no small decision. I have taken them out before and it was HORRIBLE. Hours and hours of raking through 2 year old knots put in there with love by my friend Emily. I know my buddy Sean over at Entrust can do amazing things with my hair if I go through with it, but oh boy do I not want to.

So these thoughts led to a downward spiral about how unprepared I am for our wedding in May (make those two things connect however you need to). We will have been engaged for a year next month and I really haven't done all that much to prepare. I need to get on it.

Oh boy, so manic. I felt like Mr. Peepers today.
Hello Monday

Sunday, October 2, 2011

#42 - You Know I'm No Good

Song - You Know I'm No Good
Artist - Amy Winehouse

Say what you will about Amy Winehouse, I thought she was a pretty amazing musician. She had a powerful strong voice that seemed to big for her body. So sad that she had to go and die and all....

I think it's annoying when people don't sing in their own voice. When American singers put on a British accent or the other way around, for example. When people do Amy Winehouse songs at karaoke they often try to take on her "sound" really soulful and bluesy, but you can totally tell it's not their normal voice. This always bugs me, but I found it really hard not to do it when I did this song. I tried really hard to tone it down because it honestly sounded pretty awful when I had my Winehouse voice going.

Oof, I have feeling this video will make cringe when I go back and watch it in a few months.

#41 - Ukulele Lady

Song - Ukulele Lady
Artist - Gus Kahn

Lots of ukulele playin' today! My dad joined me in a ukulele class at artichoke music this morning. It was so much fun and we learned a lot about strumming patterns and finger placement. These are the kind of bad habits I should break sooner than later!

Then this evening we went out to our good friend John's birthday. Lots of beer drinking, eating, music playing, drinking and more music playing. It's so great and humbling to play with these established and seasoned musicians. They pick things up so easily and then are able to run with a tune and solo after only hearing a little bit of it. Playing with them is always an amazing experience and I am lucky to have the opportunity to do it.

Happy birthday John!